The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins {Book Review}

This series is just wow! The books, the movies, all wow!

A few years after the first book, aka this one, was released, I managed to get my hands on an Ebook to get into the hype, and so ended up reading the trilogy.

This year, my mom gifted me with the trilogy and I had to reread it. It’s one of my favourite dystopian trilogies and I’ll most probably end up rereading it every few years.

This is a dystopian series that stands out from others with its unique storyline.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Twelve districts surround the nation of Panem, build up from the ruins of a place once known as North America. The rich live in the Capitol, while the rest struggle to survive in the districts.

Each year, one boy and one girl from each district must participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Katniss Everdeen makes the ultimate sacrifice when she takes the place of her youngest sister in the Games. Having been close to death before, survival is a second nature to her.

The odds are against her but if she survives the arena, she’ll need to deal with even harder choices.


I loved all the characters, even the bad ones, because their backstories were written well, as well as the present time situations.

The book is written in first person and in present tense, and makes you feel part of the story as it unfolds.

The desperation to survive is felt throughout the book, long before the arena part starts, as we’re given a good glimpse into the struggles that people need to live through.

There’s a strong comparison of death, juggling between slow and fast, and all that reflects on choices that need to be made.

Katniss makes for a great heroine in the book, she is the perfect balance of badass and selfless, while at the same time showing her flaws.

Poor Peeta. I feel for him, truly I do. His loyalty is admirable, but I hate that it had to bite him in the back and almost killed him. And still, he remains loyal. He was written as the ‘Lover Boy‘ but I wonder how much more of his character we would’ve been introduced to if that wasn’t the entire premise of his existence in the book.

There’s a love triangle, which is different to others I’ve read because it has an element of real as much as unreal, and the whole survival tactic involved in it makes it stand out.

The most heart-tugging character is Rue and if you didn’t shed even the slightest tear, you don’t have a heart. You know what the outcome will be yet you still root for her. She proved that just because she’s the youngest tribute, doesn’t mean she’s weak and can’t think of how to survive the arena.

Her death had to happen because without the tragedy, Katniss wouldn’t have reached the breakthrough moment she needed: stop hiding and start fighting back.

There is violence in the book as you get to the arena part, and I honestly wasn’t expecting the game to be that insanely dangerous, although we are warned pretty much from the start about what’s lying ahead.


The plot is unique and thrilling, and believable.

I loved all the strong characters, even the ones you end up disliking. It just shows how well written they were because of the emotions you felt towards them were fitting to what the author wanted us to feel.

The ending was perfectly concluding with a premise for the next book.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.32 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

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  1. The Hunger Games series still stand as my all time favorite YA dystopian novels. I just haven’t read anything quite like them. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Suzanne Collins can move a story along at a pace quite unlike other authors. Every single chapter is a page turner. You simply cannot stop reading! Glad you enjoyed the book again!

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